Anambra State Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Okelo Madukaife, on Monday, insisted that he remains the official spokesman of the party.
The state APC chairman, Chief Basil Ejidike, on Sunday, announced Madukaife’s sack.
This announcement followed a congratulatory message, to the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, who was declared winner of the November 6, Anambra Governorship election, by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Ejidike who addressed a press conference on Sunday said Madukaife was suspended from the APC in June.
He said, “We were surprised that he has continued to parade himself as the publicity Secretary of the party. That ought not be.
“On behalf of APC Anambra State, we wish to clearly state that Okelo Madukaife is no longer a member of our party and so he can’t be or function as the Publicity Secretary of our party in the state.
“Anybody dealing with him as a member of APC or Publicity Secretary of the party is doing so at their own risk.
“We will wish to state categorically that as far as the Anambra Governorship poll is concerned, we have not congratulated anybody.”
While responding to his purported sack, Madukaife in a statement, on Monday said, “The general public is hereby advised that not only is the membership of the undersigned (Madukaife) protected by the letters and spirit of the 2014 APC Constitution, his mandate as State Publicity subsists and runs until Anambra State Congresses hold.
“We recall a similar attempt at usurping the office of the state Publicity Secretary which predictably failed in July 2019 and predict a similar outcome on the latest tirade targeted at 2021 congresses.
“The general public is advised to discountenance the misdemeanor contained in the misguided statement, which will now be the subject of consultations in the State Working Committee, State Executive Council and the State Caucus.
“Once again, we join our national leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, our state leader, Senator Chris Nwabueze Ngige, who Ejidike despises and fights with the support of extraneous elements, as well as all 2021 Governorship aspirants, shortchanged in June 26 primaries to congratulate the State governor – elect, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo as we gear up to hold him accountable to Ndi Anambra on his election promises”.
He, however, explained that the congratulatory message was without prejudice to any decision by the APC to challenge the outcome of the election in court.
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